by: Cornelio "CJ" Ancheta
There's no doubt that she is dedicated to helping other people to succeed in life in her capacity as a travel agent extraordinaire, mortgage-broker, beauty enthusiast, and a community leader in the Valley Isle of Maui. Teresita Bustamante-Noble is a friend who hardly says "No" whenever she's asked for a helping hand.
"While working with the Maui county for almost 12 years cumulatively, and in my capacity as Accountant to various offices and projects such as the Maui County Office on Aging, Maui Youth and Family Services and the Maui Adult and Day Care Center, I was exposed to the real world. I felt compassion for our fellow Filipinos, especially with the new immigrants and thought of how I can be of help to them," Noble said. Having done outside sales with then Fil-Am travel agency, and with her acquired skill and experience, she decided to put up her own travel agency, Noble Enterprise Inc., dba Noble Travel. To further her knowledge, she attended a one-week Apollo training in Honolulu under the auspices of United Airlines in 1991. During that year, her agency was licensed and bonded by the Airline Reporting Corporation to issue airline tickets. Noble Travel is the only Philippine Airlines consolidator in Maui. Since then, she has been helping a lot of traveling Filipinos.
Absorbed with helping people, she has branched into another field in the mortgage industry. "I see a lot of people who have problems planning their finances and don't know how to handle with a lot of credit cards on their hands. I asked myself how can I be of help to somebody who is deeply indebted, and I thought of going into this area. I got my license as a mortgage broker in 2004 and established "Noble Mortgage Financing," she said. Her company specializes in conventional and jumbo loans aside from offering other services.
"Now I can help them by consolidating all their debts with only one payment at low interest, and they can start breathing again. As a mortgage broker, we act like a banker, only, we go directly to the lender. We can get the best lender that fits the individual needs of the person," she explained. "In fact, we helped a family in Molokai buy back their house without any down payment," she added. Her knowledge in the mortgage lending business is made possible with the unselfish support of Pablo Piano who had recruited Noble in his winning team in 1999 and 2003.
Teresita is more popularly known by her friends as Tessie. She hails from Poblacion, Mabini, Pangasinan, Philip-pines and the 7th of 9 children of Gil and Vicenta Bustamante. She enrolled at the University of Pangasinan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Accounting in 1969. In 1973, she passed the Certified Public Accountant board exam.
Immediately after graduation, Tessie worked for the Department of National Defense at the Sub-Regional Office, Baguio City, Philippines as Civil Defense Officer I for eight years.
"One night while I was relaxing at the reception area in my auntie's hotel in Baguio City, it didn't dawn on me that I was about to meet my prince charming," Tessie recalled. "An American tourist, who was doing a personal tour of the Philippines, checked in the hotel. We introduced ourselves to each other and in a very hospitable way, I gave brief information about the country and what places are best to visit," she added. Events turned out so fast. After four months, Tessie received a petition letter from her fiancé, John Noble, and exchanged vows in November 1980 here in Maui and the rest is history.
Noble also finds fulfillment doing community service by being a member and attending meetings of various organizations. Currently, she is a member of the Maui Coordinating Council for the Centennial Celebration of the Filipinos in Hawaii and one of the Board of Directors of the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the American Association of Travel Agents and the International Association of Travel Agents Network.
Noble continually supports the "Miss Maui Filipina Pageant" by donating a free round trip to the Philippines whoever wins the crown. On July 19, 2001, she was recognized for her exemplary leadership in the community and in her business and she received the Gintong Pamana "Golden Heritage" Leader-ship-Achievement award from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.
On July 13-19, 2005, the First Ambassador's/Consuls General Tour to the Philippines will be held. This is a joint project of all the Philippine Foreign Posts in the United States. Noble Travel is designated as one of the travel agencies coordinating the tour. "This is an opportune time to get back to our roots and learn and appreciate our homeland," Noble said.
"I am very thankful for my husband who has given me inspiration and support when I needed it the most. And also to my loyal customers who have trusted me to handle and process their travel documents and mortgage needs," Noble said.